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Tex-Mex Chickpea Tater Tot Casserole
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

Spicy, saucy chickpeas simmered in Tex-Mex spices topped with crispy tater tots makes for an irresistible vegan comfort food meal! Bonus: this tater tot casserole comes together in just a few steps and can be prepped ahead of time for a super easy weeknight dinner.

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan casserole recipe, vegan hot dish
Servings: 4
Calories: 541 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium carrot, finely diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.5 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • Pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14 ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I used 1/2 teaspoon each)
  • 45 frozen tater tots
For Topping (pick your favorites)
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Cashew cream or sour cream
  • Chopped scallions or cilantro
  • Sliced black olives
  1. Coat the bottom of a large (preferably oven-safe) skillet with oil and place it over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the carrot and onion. Sauté for about 10 minutes, until the carrot begins to soften and the onion is very soft.

  2. Add the garlic, cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper and continue to sauté for about 1 minute more, or until very fragrant.

  3. Stir in the chickpeas, tomatoes, water, and tomato paste. Raise the heat and bring the mixture to a simmer. Lower the heat and allow it simmer until the sauce thickens up a bit, about 10 minutes.

  4. Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in the corn and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Preheat the oven to 400°.

  6. If you're using a non-oven safe skillet, transfer the mixture to a 9 x 9 inch baking dish. Otherwise, leave it in the skillet. Smooth out the top.

  7. Arrange the tater tots on top.

  8. Bake, uncovered, until the chickpea mixture is hot and bubbly, and the tater tots are crispy, about 35 minutes.

  9. Divide onto plates and serve with toppings of choice.

Nutrition Facts
Tex-Mex Chickpea Tater Tot Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 541 Calories from Fat 140
% Daily Value*
Fat 15.6g24%
Saturated Fat 2.7g14%
Sodium 1623mg68%
Potassium 1065mg30%
Carbohydrates 91.1g30%
Fiber 16.3g65%
Sugar 8.5g9%
Protein 15.5g31%
Calcium 120mg12%
Iron 7.2mg40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.